Chief Financial Officer

Pepperdine University seeks an experienced financial leader to serve as its next chief financial officer (CFO).

Pepperdine University is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service and leadership. The University enrolls nearly 8,000 students in its five colleges and schools, and serves students in Malibu, California, on seven campuses across California and Washington DC, and at six international campuses. The University has a $500 million gross operating budget, assets totaling approximately $1.7 billion, and net assets of $1.3 billion.


The CFO should have a passion for higher education, Pepperdine, and its mission. The CFO must make personal and departmental commitments to professional excellence, focusing on mission, trust, interpersonal skills, team building, and relationships. The CFO must support academic and business strategic initiatives and lead using best practices and the highest ethical standards, consistent with the Christian tradition.


Reporting directly to the executive vice president, the CFO oversees financial management in support of the University’s strategic plans. This includes priority-focused resource allocation and budgeting, financial analysis and strategy, debt management, cash flow optimization, audit management, and financial information systems and modeling. The CFO makes recommendations and projections regarding cash and liquidity management, capital planning, procurement and purchasing, bond and other treasury issues, and external audit. The CFO serves as liaison for University banking relationships, rating agency interactions, and (with the chief administrative officer) with the Board of Regents Finance and Administration Committee.


These responsibilities require the CFO to develop a broad understanding of University business and goals, and develop collaborative partnerships with senior administration, deans, and other stakeholders in pursuit of strategic decision-making and sound resource allocation. Assisting academic leaders in achieving academic goals through financial stability and sustainability will be key.  The CFO must handle complex financial issues and competently communicate financial information to non-financial audiences.


The CFO manages and leads a high-performing 40-employee department, covering the spectrum of financial responsibilities including the controller’s office, accounts payable, purchasing, the cashier, payroll, general accounting, campus commerce, and financial planning. The CFO is expected to foster distinguished customer service, accountability, and accuracy.


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Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse workforce consistent with its stated goals and mission. Federal guidelines recognize the right of church-related institutions to seek personnel who will support the institution’s goals, including the right to select members of the church to which the institution is related. This is a regular, exempt position; salary is commensurate with experience. Employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal, education, and employment background investigation, after the job offer is made.